Understanding before Moving 76: Hanging pawns under pressure

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4/24/2022 – Herman Grooten is an International Master, a renowned trainer and the author of several highly acclaimed books about chess training and chess strategy. In the 76th instalment of his ChessBase show "Understanding before Moving", Herman shows how hanging pawns can come under pressure. | Photo: Pascal Simon

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In the previous  episode we saw a game with an isolated queen pawn (IQP) that turned into a middlegame with the so-called "hanging pawns". The diagrammed position below is from a famous game  between Rubinstein and Salwe, which illustrates how White can handle this type of position.

White quickly got hold of the important square c5 which he controlled until the end of the game. The weak pawns of Black came under pressure and Black started to falter. His last move was 26...Ra7? "A bad position carries the  seeds of loss," Tarrasch once said, and Black's tactical error allowed White to win material. What did he do?



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